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McCarthy to meet with Steve King about white supremacy remarks: 'Action will be taken'

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' MORE (R-Calif.) pledged Sunday to take action in response to Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingFeenstra wins Iowa House race to fill Steve King's seat Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones MORE's latest inflammatory comments in which the Iowa Republican questioned why the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” were offensive.

McCarthy condemned the comments, and said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he will meet with King on Monday to discuss the matter.

"Action will be taken," he said. "I’m having a serious conversation with Congressman Steve King on his future and role in this Republican Party."

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"There is a number of things you’ll see that is taking place," he continued. "But I will not stand back as a leader of this party, believing in this nation that all are created equal, that that stands or continues to stand and has any role with us."

McCarthy did not cite specific potential actions, but lawmakers have floated censuring King or removing him from committee assignments as possible responses to the lawmaker's comments. 

King has on multiple occasions drew condemnation and backlash for racist remarks and association with far-right groups.

In an interview with The New York Times published last week, King asked how language like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive.

He later sought to distance himself from those comments, saying in a House floor speech that he's not "anti-immigrant."

King tweeted in 2017 that “we can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.”

Last year, King met with Austria's Freedom Party, a group founded by a former Nazi SS officer and whose leader was involved in neo-Nazi circles. During a meeting with the group, King reportedly asked, "What does this diversity bring that we don’t already have?”

Iowa state Sen. Randy Feenstra (R) announced a primary challenge against King this week, saying that “we don’t need any more sideshows or distractions.” A second Republican, Bret Richards, also told the Des Moines Register that he plans to run against King.